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The only thing more prevalent than superstar injuries this past season was the multitude of coaching changes.
When the Coach of the Year gets fired, you know something is off. George Karl was fired by the Denver Nuggets in seeking a contract extension with the team despite three division titles with the franchise and an overall record of 423-257.
We should have known something was up when Mike Brown was fired from the Los Angeles Lakers after just five games and a 1-4 start. Mike D’Antoni did hold on to the job, however.
Avery Johnson was Coach of the Month for October/November before being fired by the Brooklyn Nets in December. His replacement, P.J. Carlesimo, was let go at the end of the season and the job suddenly belongs to retiree-now-coach Jason Kidd.
Alvin Gentry lost his job with the Phoenix Suns and it was given to Lindsay Hunter, who was promptly let go at the of the season in favor of Jeff Hornacek. The Milwaukee Bucks fired Scott Skiles in January and never told a bothered Brandon Jennings.
It got worse after the season, when a record 12 NBA coaching changes were made, of which half were fired from playoff teams.
The non-playoff team firings include: Keith Smart (Sacramento Kings), Byron Scott (Cleveland Cavaliers), Lawrence Frank (Detroit Pistons), Mike Dunlap (Charlotte Bobcats), Doug Collins (Philadelphia 76ers) and Hunter.
And of course, playoff runs—even those that go deep—aren't enough to save coaches.
The following coaches were fired after their team fell in the postseason: Karl, Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies), Vinny Del Negro (Los Angeles Clippers), Larry Drew (Atlanta Hawks), Jim Boylan (replaced Skiles in Milwaukee) and Carlesimo.
All this, and Doc Rivers might actually get traded (though the potential deal to the Clippers would likely be killed by David Stern, according to Ben Golliver of SI.com)